2016年3月9日 星期三

beef, undercut, beef up, enhance, undersell, Icarus,

China’s Exports Tumble Amid Broad Slowdown A1

China’s exports registered their biggest drop in more than five years as weak global demand continues to undercut growth momentum in the world’s second-largest economy.

Taylor Swift's Beef With Apple May Not Be Over

John Lewis is a chain of upscale department stores operating throughout Great Britain. The chain is owned by the John Lewis Partnership. The first John Lewis store was opened in 1864 in Oxford Street, London.
The chain is known for its policy of "Never Knowingly Undersold" which has been in use since 1925.[1]

Taiwan's epic legacy undercut by history textbook censors

Google Takes Two: Buys Apture To Enhance Chrome, Katango To Beef Up Google+
Not one but two tech acquisitions were announced by Google (NSDQ: GOOG) today: Apture and Katango, both of which point to Google's ambition to make its user experience more sophisticated as the company matures. Financial terms for both deals were not ...

Ms. Lafrance may well be thinking of the myth of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun until the beeswax on his wings melted. Her program describes dancers “progressing in euphoria and exhaustion as if approaching the sun, melting until their souls escape their ephemeral bodies and disintegrate into light.” But her imagery only seldom suggests flight. So it’s possible also to think of Aeschylus’ Prometheus, bound in punishment to his rock, or Wagner’s dying Tristan, protesting about the sun (and this world) and consumed by yearning for the night of death.
In “Melt” the women tip from side to side, stretch and weave their limbs, and bend forward, down or stretch up. Though they don’t move in unison, they generally change tempo together (as in Merce Cunningham choreography, this gives the impression of a flock of birds all reacting together to the same noise or change of breeze). But now and then one or more individuals undercut the group with a different trend.

U.S. Fund to Rebuild Afghanistan Is Criticized

The Afghanistan Infrastructure Project was intended to bring soldiers and civilians together to buttress the counterinsurgency strategy, but delays could end up undercutting it, according to a new report.

In the former industrial town of Rochdale, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was confronted Wednesday by a woman named Gillian Duffy about foreign workers coming into England, among other beefs. Moments later, thinking he was safely out of earshot, Mr. Brown was caught on microphone blasting his aides for exposing him to 'a bigoted woman.' The audio feed went out across the airwaves, the 'mortified' prime minister abjectly apologized, describing himself as 'a penitent sinner,' and the media went wild.
 But as for me, my limbs are rent
Because I clasped the clouds as mine.
---The Laments of an Icarus
1889.3.11 , Journals by Gide 引用過。 通行版{惡之華}待查。

(plural beefs) informal complaint or grievance:he has a beef with education: it doesn’t teach thebasics of investing
4US informal A criminal charge:getting caught with pot in the sixties was a narcobeef

[NO OBJECT] Complain:he was beefing about how the recession was killing the business

Phrasal verbs

beef something up

Give more substance or strength to something:cost-cutting measures are planned to beef up performance
beef up
Strengthen, reinforce, as in Mary wants us to beef up her part in the play. This phrase relies on an older slang sense of beef as "muscles" or "power." [Colloquial; late 1800s]


v., -cut, -cut·ting, -cuts.v.tr.

  1. To diminish or destroy the province or effectiveness of; undermine: "This celebration of opulence and wealth and power undercuts the character of the Statue of Liberty" (Jesse Jackson). "The partnership between the United States and Western Europe is undercut by diverging economic interests" (Scott Sullivan).
  2. To sell at a lower price than or to work for lower wages or fees than (a competitor).
  3. To make a cut under or below.
  4. To create an overhang by cutting material away from, as in carving.
  5. Sports.
    1. To impart backspin to (a ball) by striking downward as well as forward, as in golf and baseball.
    2. To cut or slice (a ball) with an underarm stroke, as in tennis.
To engage in undercutting.

n. (ŭn'dər-kŭt')

    1. A cut made in the under part to remove material.
    2. The material so removed.
  1. A notch cut in a tree to direct its fall and insure a clean break.
  2. Chiefly British. The tenderloin of beef; the fillet.
  3. Sports.
    1. A spin given to a ball opposite to its direction of flight; a backspin.
    2. A cut or slice imparting such a spin.
    3. A cut or slice made with an underarm motion.

[動](〜, 〜・ting)(他)(自)
1 (物の)下を切り取る[落とす];(…の)下部を削り落とす[くり抜く, えぐる].
2 (競争者よりも)安く売る, 安い賃金で働く.
3 (…の)効力[地位, 衝撃など]を弱める, 勢力をそぐ.
4 《ゴルフ・テニス》(球を)アンダーカットする, バックスピンするように打つ.
1 下を切り取る[削り落とす, くり抜く]こと.
2 ((米))(倒す木などにつける)刻み目.
3 《ゴルフ・テニス》アンダーカット.
4 《歯学》添窩(てんか).
5 ((主に英))(牛肉のヒレ肉を含む)腰部の上肉.

Sony Drops Price Of PlayStation 3
Sony cut the price of its PlayStation 3 by $100, aiming to juice demand for the console, which has undersold rivals.


To sell goods for a lower price than (another seller).
Synonyms: undercut
Usage: The executive instituted a store-wide sale in an effort to undersell the popular new competitor.

VERB (past and past participle undersold)

1Sell something at a lower price than (a competitor):we can equal or undersell mail order
1.1Promote or value (something) insufficiently:she feels she was underselling herself by putting her disability high on her CV